Woodruff and Colleagues

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Many of the clients that I’ve worked with aren’t able to identify their numerable transferable skills.  One of these clients came to me because they didn’t think they had any skills at all.  This person had completed a University undergraduate degree, came from a European country, spoke and wrote in 5 languages, and had in the past held a position as Project Manager.  Having achieved a BA myself, and having worked in more than 35 positions I understand the skills one accumulates, and which of those are necessary to perform the duties of a Project Manager.  We worked together for 4 sessions and discovered what they really dreamed about doing at work, where they could do that work, how to approach getting the position of their dreams, and how to negotiate the offer that was presented.


The reason I mention my 35+ jobs is because I got each and every one of them when I chose to go after them.  When I resigned from the banking job I had (fresh out of high school) after only 5 years with them, I was advised this would be a mistake.  At that time, it was expected an employee stayed with a company like that for a working lifetime.  It stopped being fun for me, so I ignored the advice and moved on to a company that paid me more at an entry level position.  Many people provide a variety of excuses regarding why they feel they aren’t able to quit a job and move on, and I understand and empathize with each and every one of them.  I, too, had to make tough choices in considering leaving a position.  In the case of the banking job, my friends assured me they would take care of the rent and groceries.  It turned out, they didn’t have to.  I think they were confident in my abilities to get a different job, and quickly.  This is one of the most important things when you’re considering changing positions or careers, that is, a good support system and group.  There needs to be consideration of everything; your spouse, children, financial obligations, even where you live.  If these needs are met in a positive way, the only thing that may be holding a person back from making work play is fear.  Luckily, fear can be overcome.


If you’re in that uncomfortable position of no longer enjoying your current job or career, don’t let fear hold you back.  Step back and take a look at your situation.  Speak with the significant people in your life and let them know you’re no longer happy earning money in the job you’re in.  Brainstorm options for how you may be able to move into something that not only feels more like play than work, but that makes you genuinely happy.


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